O's, Trumbo avoid arbitration

January 14th, 2016

The Orioles and Mark Trumbo avoided arbitration Thursday, settling on a one-year deal worth $9.15 million, a source told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. The club has not confirmed the news, first reported by ESPN.

Trumbo, who will become a free agent after the 2016 season, came to Baltimore via a trade with the Mariners earlier this offseason, along with lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser. The O's sent catcher Steve Clevenger to Seattle.

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Trumbo batted .262/.310/.449 in 142 games last season, split between the D-backs and the Mariners. He's a career .250 hitter with 131 home runs in six big league seasons.

Trumbo's role with Baltimore remains somewhat undetermined, with questions as to whether the Orioles will sign a first baseman or a corner outfielder in free agency. Trumbo was worth -4 Defensive Runs Saved as an outfielder last season, but he's posted above-average career defensive numbers at first. He could end up playing both positions, as well as see time at designated hitter during the 2016 season.